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SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!!

  SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!! I very much doubt whether any of SANZAAR’s suits have read any of my frequent complaints about their officials and match officiating faux pas and match-influencing blunders. They are far too busy and important to...

Eating at Sanzaar’s

  Eating at Sanzaar’s There is a story doing the rounds. It is about Chef, who owned and ran a restaurant in a big city. It was a good restaurant, an upper-class fine-dining place, focussed on classic French cooking. A restaurant that...

Make Your Own Biltong!

Make Your Own Biltong!  Rugby without biltong is not much fun, especially if you are a South African ex-pat living somewhere far away where nobody has heard of the stuff of your dreams. In fact: Life without biltong is simply wrong! If...

Seattle Seawolves Major League Rugby Champions

Seattle Seawolves Major League Rugby Champions The US professional competition staged its very first final in San Diego on Saturday, and the Seattle Seawolves won the game, and the title, beating the Glendale Raptors 23 – 19. Seattle, which lost...

What is Wrong in Australia?

What is Wrong in Australia? A series loss to England in 2016, followed by losses to Ireland and England again at the end of that year. Losing to Scotland twice and England once again in 2017. A series loss to...

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith Starts Coaching Job.

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith takes a coaching job. I am always interested in retired players that decide to put something back into the game. They stay in the world of rugby by continuing their involvement as coaches, managers, referees and...

England’s South African Woes

England’s South African Woes As we head into the third Test between the Springboks and the visiting England team, we already know that the series has been won by South Africa, which gives the home side an opportunity to relax...

It is still broken!

It is still broken! An Article by Mark Reason in New Zealand’s Stuff makes interesting reading. Those that read my article titled “It’s Broken” posted on the 30th May, in which I commented about the dysfunctionality of the Sanzaar Judicial system,...

Springboks vs England – Series Preview

Springboks vs England Series Preview   The sideshows are over; Super Rugby has hit the pause button; the utter waste of time in Washington DC is consigned to history in a file marked “Why?” and the real work of the month of...

It’s Broken!!

It's Broken!! Sanzaar’s Judicial Review System Is Broken!   Sanzaar’s Judicial Review system comes under the spotlight again. Their most recent forays into dispensing “justice” has again raised the hackles of rugby enthusiasts across the world. Wildly disparate sentences, strange decisions regarding a...

It’s Broken! Fix It!

It’s Broken! Fix It! When you see a storm brewing outside, when those heavy bellied purple clouds are stacking up, and the lightning is flashing continuously as the thunder gets louder and louder, closer and closer, you would be a...

Eddie’s Squad

Eddie’s Squad Eddie Jones has ignored the advices of the likes of Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson and gone ahead with the inclusion of Brad Shields in his 34-man squad to tour South Africa in June. Jones has included seven uncapped...

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast!

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast! Or: The Eddie & Brad Show!   Eddie Jones was hired to coach England to World Cup glory. Period. Anything else Eddie achieves is bye-the-bye – collateral success or collateral damage. It really does not matter, as long...

Quo Vadis, Stormers?

Quo Vadis, Stormers? Coaching Blues…. As the middle of the Super Rugby season passes us, and the final stretches of the competition loom, another season kicks off. It is the season of speculation. Speculation about coaches and their coaching futures. When results are poor,...

The Pick-a-Boks Show!

The Pick-a-Boks Show! It is that time of the year again! Winter is upon us, sneaking in through the wide open windows and doors of summer, tickling the base of your spine with tendrils of iciness that we all hoped would...

A Giant Awakening?

A Giant Awakening?   After the Pearl Harbour attack on 7th December 1941, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is frequently quoted as having said: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” There...

Cheating to Win

  Cheating to Win   The recent furore surrounding the Australian cricket team and their somewhat clumsy, amateurish even, attempts to cheat on the field pf play has occupied my mind during recent days. The rancour that has greeted the downfall of Australian...

Derby Dangers!

Derby Dangers!   The 18-team Super Rugby format of 2016 and 2017 was doomed from the very first. Too many teams, too many fixtures, too much travel, too many mediocre teams, and simply too much rugby. Spectators, fans, and even idle...

Israel’s Follies

  Israel’s Follies I wonder how Israel Folau will respond when Nigel Owens is appointed to referee a Test featuring Izzy in the colours of the Wallabies? I wonder what Michael Cheika will say if Owens is forced by on-field circumstance...
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Judicial Jokers

Judicial Jokers I have previously been strongly critical of Sanzaar’s judicial processes and the leniency of sanctions applied to those who transgress the rules and laws of the game of rugby. I have written about the issue on numerous occasions...

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude   (Schadenfreude: the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.) The sports loving world is indulging in an orgy of Schadenfreude at the moment. The Australian cricket team have...

Rugby in the Age of Technology.

Rugby in the Tech Age.   Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a game. A sport, and they called it rugby. Rugby was a simple game, played on green fields and open spaces, hard baked...

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8 (With thanks to Sam and his fellow bloggers at RugbyStore.co.uk) Here is a link y'all might like to try: Some friends from up north have gone to an enormous amount of trouble to analyse and explain the...

Where Is Average Joe?

  Where is Average Joe? Thoughts About The Game Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone Girls have picked them every one When will they every learn? When will they every learn? Pete...

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility?

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility? What exactly are SANZAAR trying to achieve with the Sunwolves? We were told that SANZAAR wanted to promote and support the development of rugby in Japan. We were told that they wanted to gain a foothold...

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie…

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie… An open letter to Rassie Erasmus. Hi Rassie, Congratulations! There are many of us that are very pleased with your appointment as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, and as successor to Allister Coetzee as...

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out!

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out! Rassie Erasmus is the new Bok coach. Johan (Rassie) Erasmus was born in the town of Despatch, an industrial town neighbouring Port Elizabeth, some 45 years ago. He is one of many sporting greats to...

Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified

  Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified The 2018 version of the Rugby Law Book might have been edited and simplified but. In truth, those simplifications are merely cosmetic and/or grammatical. The Laws might be easier to read, but that does not...

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go? Last Saturday I watched rugby ethics sink to a new low. France’s replacement scrumhalf, Antoine Dupont, went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. He, without any assistance from anyone, started pointing at his...

Open Forum 23/1/2018 (UPDATE) – Have your say Here

Hello! Look over to your right under your login options you'll see our newly added forum index (We're calling it 'The Clubhouse') There you find 'The Scrum' where you can open any topics and comment on other's. Subject to...

Super Rugby 2018 Quarterfinal Review –  Friday 20th July – Hurricanes 32 vs Chiefs 31

Super Rugby 2018 Quarterfinal Review  Friday 20th July Hurricanes 32 vs Chiefs 31   Damian McKenzie is one of the most exciting, unpredictable rugby players in the world today. When he gets the ball you have no way of knowing what will happen next....

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Review – Saturday 21st July – Waratahs 30 vs Highlanders 23

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Review Saturday 21st July Waratahs 30 vs Highlanders 23   Date: Saturday, July 21 Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney Kick-off: 20:05 local, 10:05 GMT, 12:05 SA Time Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia) Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Will Houston (Australia) TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)   It has become a familiar trend in 2018 Super Rugby. A...

It’s A Rebels’ Thing!

It’s A Rebels' Thing!   Hot on the heels of Amanaki Mafi’s assault on Lopeti Timani, another story of Rebel players brawling comes into the spotlight. Rebels management, who thought their season was over and that they could relax a bit as...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Review – Saturday 21st July – Lions 40 vs Jaguares 23

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Review Saturday 21st July Lions 40 vs Jaguares 23   Date: Saturday, July 21 Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg Kick-off: 15:05 local (14:05 BST, 13:05 GMT) Referee: Jaco Peyper Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Egon Seconds TMO: Marius Jonker   There was a certain inevitability about the Lions game at Ellis Park. Despite...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Review – Saturday 21stJuly – Final Score: Crusaders 40 vs Sharks...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Review Saturday 21stJuly Final Score: Crusaders 40 vs Sharks 10   Date: Saturday, July 21 Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand) The Sharks arrived in Christchurch knowing that they faced a huge...

And Then There Were Four

Semi-Finals And Then There Were Four Super Rugby edges closer to the end of the 2018 season with what could be  very interesting Saturday on the 28th of July. Just four teams remain in the competition, with the defending champions, the Crusaders,...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview – Saturday 21st July 2018 – Waratahs vs Highlanders

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview Saturday 21st July Waratahs vs Highlanders   Date: Saturday, July 21 Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney Kick-off: 20:05 local, 10:05 GMT, 12:05 SA Time Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia) Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Will Houston (Australia) TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)   I guess we do not need to flog that tired old horse...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview – Saturday 21st July, 2018 – Lions vs Jaguares

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview Saturday 21st July, 2018 Lions vs Jaguares   Date: Saturday, July 21 Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg Kick-off: 15:05 local (14:05 BST, 13:05 GMT) Referee: Jaco Peyper Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Egon Seconds TMO: Marius Jonker   The Jaguares have succeeded to defy all predictions in the last three years. In their...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview – Saturday 21st July 2018 – Crusaders vs Sharks

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview Saturday 21st July Crusaders vs Sharks   Date: Saturday, July 21 Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch Kick-off: 19:35 local, 07:35 GMT, 09:35 SA Time Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)   Back in 2014 the Sharks beat the Crusaders...

US MLR To Expand, include Canada!

US MLR To Expand, include Canada! Major League Rugby, the most recent attempt to establish professional rugby in the United States, is going from strength to strength, with two new teams looking to join the competition for the 2019 season. The...

Kuridrani Out, Cheika’s Headache!

Kuridrani Out, Cheika's Headache! Just a week ago the Aussie Roar website were singing the praises of Tevita Kuridrani as they nicknamed him the “K-Train” and spoke of his return to form just in time to solve something of a...

Thanks Sam Warburton

Thanks, Sam Warburton! When news of Sam Warburton’s retirement from professional rugby union arrived on Wednesday morning it tiggered a wave of tributes for the dignified and understated man. When he announced his retirement he spoke of the pride at representing the Cardiff Blues, Wales and...

Mafi Something of a Pugilist! More Incidents…….

Mafi Something of a Pugilist! More Incidents....... Amanaki Mafi faces a potential five-year jail term over the alleged attack on Rebels’ team mate Lopeti Timani when the matter goes to court In New Zealand on August 3. He has been excused...

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview – Friday 20th July 2018 – Hurricanes vs Chiefs

Super Rugby Quarterfinal Preview Friday 20th July Hurricanes vs Chiefs Date: Friday, July 20 Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Kick-off: 19:35 local, 07:35 GMT, 09:35 SA Time Referee: Glen Jackson Assistant Referees: Nick Briant, Paul Williams TMO: Glenn Newman This is a quarterfinal, which is a little silly. Two of the top three teams on...

Izzy moving again, is he?

Izzy moving again, is he? Job-Jumping Folau? Much like Sonny Bill Williams on the other side of the Tasman, Wallabies superstar Israel Folau has something of a reputation for switching codes and jobs as the whim takes him. That is his right. There...

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